Minor Matters: Head Hurts Hand
Stephen Head
Stephen Head
Indians Ink
Posted Apr 17, 2008


Outfielder-first baseman Stephen Head will be lost to the Akron Aeros for an indefinite time because of a broken bone in his right hand. Head was added to the Double-A Eastern League team's roster April 11 when outfielder Trevor Crowe went on the disabled list with a sore back. Crowe was Cleveland's first-round draft pick and Head selected in the second round by the Indians in the 2005 draft.

Infielder Brandon Pinckney took Head's roster spot. He had been in extended spring training in Winter Haven, Fla.

Head, 24, played five games with Akron following a return from off-season shoulder surgery, hitting .357 with three RBI. He will not need surgery and is expected to miss a minimum of two weeks. He was injured while sliding as he stole second base Tuesday night.

Pinckney, 26, spent all of last season with Akron, hitting .270 with three homers and 36 RBI in 79 games.

College.BUFFALO BISONS (AAA)
North Division / International League
Overall: 5-9(.357) - Tied-4th place, 5.0 games back
STREAK: L2
LAST 10: 3-7
YESTERDAY:
Syracuse(TOR) 4, Buffalo 2 ... The Bisons got only two hits.. 3B AARON HERR went 1-for-4 with a double and drove in the Bisons' only two runs. ... SS DANNY SANDOVAL went 1-for-2 with a walk. ... LHP JEREMY SOWERS had a solid outing, allowing four hits and two runs over six innings, walking three and striking out three.
NOTEWORTHY: In 10 games, SS-OF Andy Gonzalez is batting .353 with two homers and nine RBI. ... In 14 games, 1B Jordan Brown is batting .291 with 10 runs, five doubles and eight RBI. ... SS Danny Sandoval has a 10-game hitting streak, batting .303.

AKRON AEROS (AA)
Southern Division / Eastern League
Overall: 5-7 (.417) – 4th place, 2.5 games back
STREAK: L1
LAST 10: 5-5
YESTERDAY:
Binghamton(NYM) 7, Akron 2 ... LHP DAVID HUFF was lights out for five innings but Akron’s offense didn’t produce. ... Huff held Binghamton to three hits, two walks and struck out eight. ... The Aeros got only three hits. ... LF NATHAN PANTHER extended his hitting streak to nine games. He went 1-for-4 with a solo homer. ... 3B WES HODGES also hit a solo homer. ... DH MICHAEL AUBREY went 1-for-4, a double.
NOTEWORTHY: During Panther's streak, he has hit .296 with 10 runs, three doubles, five walks and seven RBI. ... In 11 games, DH Matt Whitney is batting .319 with nine runs, five doubles, two homers and five RBI. ... In 13 games Hodges is batting .360 with 13 runs and 16 RBI.

KINSTON INDIANS (High-A)
Southern Division / Carolina League
1st Half: 2-7 (.222) – 4th place, 3.5 games back
STREAK: L2
LAST 10: 2-7
YESTERDAY:
Wilmington 6, Kinston 5 ... 2B JARED GOEDERT(2-4, R, 2B, RBI) broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the 10th with a double to left and SS CARLOS RIVERO (2 RBI) added a sacrifice fly. ... Wilmington scored three in the bottom half to win. ... RHP LUIS PERDOMO kept Kinston in it with two solid innings of relief, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out two. ... 1B TODD MARTIN went 2-4 with run and walk.
NOTEWORTHY: In 10 games, 1B BEAU MILLS is batting .300. ... RIVERO is batting .385 with eight RBI. He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. ... GOEDERT is batting .359.

LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS (A)
Northern Division / South Atlantic League
OVERALL: 8-5 (.615) - 2nd place, 0.5 games back
STREAK: W1
LAST 10: 6-4
YESTERDAY:
Lake County 12, @Lakewood 1 ... The Captains totaled 11 hits. ... CF ADAM WHITE went 2-for-4 with a run, double and three RBI. ... 2B KAREXON SANCHEZ went 2-for-4 with two runs. ... RF MATTHEW BROWN went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. ... LF ROMAN PENA (1-for-2) also knocked in three runs. ... Starting LHP RYAN MORRIS (2-0) threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
NOTEWORTHY: Throughout his first 10 games LF Lucas Montero is batting .289 with two doubles, eight runs, four RBI and three steals. ... In 14 games, Brown is batting .373(19-51).



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